Printed letters, June 1, 2011

The Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority is on its way to creating a major roadblock for general aviation businesses.

Today’s economic climate has already created enough problems for companies trying to do business in general aviation. The airport authority’s plan to surround all of the general aviation businesses with a perimeter fence and a gate will add one more challenge in dealing with our dwindling customer base.

The airport wants everyone to think this is mandated by TSA. They did not mandate the measures in this plan. If airport officials go through with their fence and gate plans, it will be a major restriction to customers’ access to our offices.

We can only hope that people at Grand Junction Regional Airport will come to their senses before implementing an over-the-top reaction for general aviation security requirements.


Bell Aviation West

Grand Junction

Tipton’s voting doesn’t support his claims

A recent publication mailed to constituents from Congressman Scott Tipton, which highlights his support of preserving and protecting Medicare, is contrary to his voting record.

The Paul Ryan budget plan that was passed by the House of Representatives and supported by Tipton radically transforms Medicare as we know it.

As a typical politician, he votes one way in Congress and talks a different message at home. The congressman needs to be specific on what part of Medicare he wants to change.

I find the publication superficial in content and misleading in substance.



Tipton voted right way on Patriot Act renewal

Federal bureaucrats can continue to eavesdrop on our conversations, pry into our mail and hack into our computers at will for another four years, thanks to passage of the Orwellian-titled Patriot Act.

It is disappointing that a majority of federal legislators believe it appropriate to continue suspension of constitutionally guaranteed Fourth Amendment protections against unwarranted search and seizure, but at least Rep. Scott Tipton has seen the light.

We owe Tipton a big thanks for voting “No” to eliminating privacy in America. After initially voting “Yes” earlier in the year to extend, he has apparently recognized that our security can be ensured by our traditional process of investigation. Thanks Scott.


Grand Junction

All generic drugs are not the same

I have always been in favor of generic drugs until recently. They cost less and are “supposedly” the same as the brand-name drugs.

Reading a news story in The New York Times, I discovered that not all generics work the same or are delivered into the body the same way as brand-name drugs.

I experienced this myself when the generic drug I have been taking started to produce unsatisfactory results. As an experiment, I purchased a prescription for the brand-name drug (which is much more expensive) and all my negative symptoms disappeared quickly.

Guess sometimes you do get what you pay for.



Hope remains for restoring train depot

Thanks to The Daily Sentinel for covering National Train Day in Grand Junction and in sending a reporter to Denver on the scenic Amtrak California Zephyr.

Train travel remains the most energy efficient, pleasant and safest form of transportation. As we welcomed the hundreds of passengers and locals in our historic depot on National Train Day, the Friends of the Depot continue to hope that this landmark building can be restored and train travel can again be viewed as a viable means of transportation.


Grand Junction


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